Support Projet Montréal for an animal control regulation that truly supports public safety and bite prevention, regardless of the dogs' breed or appearance.

The animal control by-law must be amended

The Coderre administration refuses to listen to the experts, scientists and other actors of the animal welfare community.

Regarding dogs: Like you, we care for the safety of all. And like you, we also know that policies based on a dog’s breed or appearance (BSL) are ineffective in protecting the public. All experts in animal behaviour agree on this.

Since 2013, Projet Montréal has publicly positioned itself against such regulations. We believe we should:

  • focus on leash and medal wearing;

  • focus on educating the public and owners;

  • provide monetary incentives for owners of sterilized and microchipped dogs;

  • provide cost-effective sterilization clinics;

  • better control the sales and life conditions of pets and avoid the use of puppy mills.

When it comes to security, simplistic and populist approaches will not do. Elected officials must make decisions based on facts.

Regarding cats: Since October 2016, the Coderre admnistration’s animal control by-law imposes on cat owners certain obligations that may appear frivolous, abusive or even unrealistic, such as prohibiting cats from leaving their yard under threat of being seized.

And above all, the by-law does not provide an effective solution to the overpopulation of stray cats, which is but one among other real problems.

At Projet Montréal, we believe we should:

  • focus on raising awareness among owners to prevent abandoned pets;

  • provide monetary incentives for sterilization;

  • support low-cost sterilization clinics;

  • better control the sales and life conditions of pets;

  • advocate the CSRM (catch, sterilization, release, maintenance) approach, which has proved its worth as a tool for stabilizing and reducing stray cats colonies.

    Cats are important pets for Montrealers, and elected officials must ensure a healthy cohabitation while addressing problems of overpopulation and illegal breeding.

Regarding horses: The Coderre administration endorses and encourages public events such as the rodeo and practices such as horse-drawn carriages, which veterinarians unanimously denounce for reasons of animal welfare.
At Projet Montréal, we believe we should:

  • prohibit promotional or commercial events that exploit animals by causing them physical and psychological suffering;

  • eliminate horse-drawn carriages by gradually buying back horse buggy permits and, in the meantime, adopt a regulation with minimum health, safety and welfare standards for horses.

Horses are part of Montreal's history, and it is possible to commemorate them without continuing to exploit them. The elected representatives of Projet Montréal need your support to get there.

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